Wine Circle

Wine Circle 2021 on NOV 04 at 6pm

The Wine Circle 2021 is a high-end gastronomy and wine event intended for guests to enjoy a unique epicurean experience as they contribute to the LFSF.  All proceeds will benefit the LFSF Financial Aid Endowment, ensuring that an LFSF education will continue to be available to a socioeconomically diverse and vibrant group of students into the future.


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French-Club-Cercle de L'Union, 414 Mason Street, Suite 801, San Francisco

Enjoy the evening by savoring a French 5 course gastronomic diner cooked by renowned chef Lionel BALBASTRE, and a selection of exceptional wines that will be paired with each meal. 

This first time event will be held in one of the most prestigious clubs of San Francisco: the French Club-Cercle de L'Union, which amateurs of wine and gastronomy in-the-know highly appreciate. 

Raise your paddle, during the Live Auction to bid on a carefully curated wines and support the LFSF Financial Aid Endowment.

Registration is required and all attendees are required to show proof of vaccination.


The program

6:00 PM • Check-In. Hors d’oeuvres and Champagne will be served.

6:45 PM • Time to enjoy a French 5 course gastronomic dinner with wine pairing. 

7:45 PM • Live Auction starts, raise your paddle!

9:30 PM • Check-Out

Thank you to the event Chair & Trustee, Chris Allexandre, and parent volunteer, Betul Malik


Reception – Hors d'Oeuvres

Caviar on Blinis, Gougères, Deviled Quail Egg and Ahi Tuna on Taro Chips Served with champagne 

1st Course

Lobster Salad, with thinly shaved root vegetables and Lemon Vinaigrette 

2nd Course

Fresh Hand-Made Fettuccini pasta with Seasonal Wild Mushrooms

Main Course

Roasted Filet Mignon “Rossini” with Seared Foie Gras & Black Perigord Truffle Sauce


Selection of the chef


French Opera Patisserie

All dishes are prepared with the freshest ingredients. The menu is subject to change according Chef Balbastre’s selection at market.  


Audrey & Chris Allexandre's Private Collection 

  • Châteauneuf du Pape Blanc Chante Cigale, extrait 2018 

 La Cave, Frédéric Boelen

  • Château St. Martial, St. Emilion Grand Cru, 2015
  • Les Carrétals (old vine carignan & grenache), Minervois

Planet Wine, Olivier Picault

  • Alex Gambal Chassagne Montrachet “La Maltroie”, 2018
  • Julien Gros Savigny les Beaune Blanc “ Monopole”, 2018

Sullivan Rutherford Estate, Juan Pablo Torres Padilla

  • 2013 J.O. Sullivan Founder’s Reserve Merlot, 2013   
  • 2015 J.O. Sullivan Founder’s Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon, 2015  

VGS Chateau Potelle, Jean-Noël Fourmeaux & Clarisse Kostrzewski

  • Terroir Collection “GSC” (Grenache, Syrah, Cinsault), 2017
  • VGS Chardonnay, 2019
VSG Chateau Potelle

VGS’ moto is “Perfection Without Pretention.” Over the last 35 years, Chateau Potelle has built a solid reputation for its commitment to quality. VGS Chateau Potelle, is known only by those who search for wines that have dimension, subtlety and definitive character. Their assertiveness is all in the layers of nuances, not in the over-ripeness of fruit



Sullivan Rutherford Estate

Nestled in the heart of Napa Valley, Sullivan Rutherford Estate boasts 26 acres of vineyards and lush grounds. Founded in 1972 by Napa Valley wine pioneer James O’Neil Sullivan, Sullivan is a boutique winery acclaimed for producing distinctive Merlot & Cabernet Sauvignon over the last 50 years.


Planet Wine

Planet Wine  is a family operated group offering wine and spirits marketing and consulting services in California.

Our primary focus is to provide you with the highest quality of wine sourced from a variety of producers around the world.


La Cave

Frederick Boelen, owner at La Cave, Director of Business Development at Handwritten wines & Jessup Cellars

Frederick Boelen is the 7th generation wine merchant started in 1883 by George Wheeler in the UK. Growing up in the luxury hospitality industry in Honfleur, France he moved to the US in 2015 and started an extension of his French shops “La Cave” in Napa Valley. Importing and selling exclusive boutique wines direct to consumers.




Six Bottles of Champagne Guilleminot Rosé

From the small village of Channes in southern Champagne, where rolling hills have wooded hilltops and southern facing slopes have Pinot Noir vineyards. The crisp white Champagne meets fresh red fruit from a red pinot in a delicate balance of flavors and acidity. 


Only a small amount of Champagne is made into rosé at the Guilleminot family estate and it is for you to discover this gem.


Donor: Frédérick Boelen, Owner of La Cave

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The Bespoke LFSF Wine Circle Collection Of 2021

Wine Circle Chair, LFSF Trustee and parent, Chris Allexandre has composed the perfect selection of white and red wines for this evening's special guests. Click on Read More for details on the 

Vougeot 1er cru

Château Malartic Lagraviere

Alex Gambal - Charmes Chambertin Grand Cru

Château Montrose St Estèphe 

2000 Château Branaire Ducru

2010 Smith Haut Lafitte

Donor:   LFSF parents Audrey & Chris Allexandre






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An intimiate Wine Tasing with Owner & Founder

Private Tasting for 6 guests to explore 6 VGS wines, paired with exquisite food bites from the famed Michelin-starred La Toque Restaurant and la Foret Chocolatier.


Details: Must be 21 years or older. Dates to be mutually agreed upon with donor


Donors:  Jean-Noël de Fourmeaux du Sartel, owner & founder VGS Chateau Potelle & daughter, Clarisse Kostrzewski

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Sullivan Rutherford Estate: Iconic Wines & Private Michelin Star Chef Dining Experience

Private Estate Tour with the Proprietor & 3-course Pairing with Reserve Flight for Four Guests with Michelin-star Chef.

Half case allocation of our highly acclaimed J.O. Sullivan Reserve Wines presented in wooden boxes:

  • 3 bottles of 2013 J.O. Sullivan Founder’s Reserve Merlot
  • 3 bottles of 2015 J.O. Sullivan Founder’s Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon


Details: Date to be mutually agreed upon 

Expiration date:  We kindly request use within one year of successful bidding, November 4, 2023

Donor: LFSF parent Juan Pablo Torres-Padilla, Sullivan Rutherford Estate

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Rare Finds from Burgundy

Alex Gambal Chassagne Montrachet La Maltroie 2018 (2 bottles)

Chassagne-Montrachet stretches towards the south of Puligny-Montrachet, along the hillside upon which grow the world ’s most reknowned Grand Cru white wines.  



Julien Gros Savigny les Beaune Blanc “ Monopole” 2018 (2 bottles)

100% Chardonnay,  aged in  Oak Barrels, this wine is curated in the Savigny-les-Beaune within the appellation of Clos du Village Monopole of the Côte de Beaune. 



Donor: Olivier Picault, Owner Planet Wine

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The Wine Circle will benefit the LFSF Financial Aid Endowment.

This Fund was established by the Board of Trustees in 2019. LFSF commits to inclusion and socioeconomic diversity by providing financial aid to students in need.  The General Financial Aid Endowment Fund is established to finance this commitment in the long term.  

Gifts ensure that an LFSF education will continue to be available to a socioeconomically diverse and vibrant group of students into the future.



WHEN: NOV 04 at 6 PM

WHERE: 414 Mason Street, Suite 801 in San Francisco.

The LFSF is holding the Wine Circle in a way that is safe for all guests, staff, and venue employees in accordance with guidelines provided by the CDC.